French beaded snowdrop pattern – from real to beaded flower
The last month, I went hiking with my family and found a field of snowdrops growing. I took one to do a flower study and create this French beaded snowdrop pattern. It was a flower that has been on my list to bead so I was ecstatic.
Below outlines my process for this pattern. But first, here is the PDF if you’d like to make these French beaded snowdrops.
Step 1: I took apart the petals and then traced them on my sketchbook. I don’t usually start beading right away.
Step 2: I make a prototype of the petals to make sure I have the shape right. Once I have the shape, then I may combine it with a continuous technique so that multiple petals can be made on one continuous wire to reduce the bulkiness of the stem.
The challenge with making this French beaded snowdrop pattern was with the stem. The flower in nature looks like it’s hanging on a thread of a stem. This can be a problem making multiple units using wire as it creates a very bulky stem that does not resemble anything like it is in nature.
There are a total of 6 petals, a stamen, and an ovary for the top of the flower. I combined the stamen and the inner petals to be one unit so that there are only 2 bottom wires. The outer 3 petals are one unit and the ovary was a unit. There was a total of six 26 gauge bottom wires.
While I could have devised a way to make the whole flower on one continuous wire to reduce the bulk even further, I wanted this pattern to be more accessible to most intermediate beaders.
Beads: I used size 15/0 beads. The flower is slightly bigger than the real snowdrops. I believe using an even smaller bead size will create an even more realistic-looking flower. The green I used for the spathe and ovary was darker than what I would have liked but it was the only green I had on hand.
Wire: While using size 15/0 beads, it’s usually best to use 26 gauge copper-core wire. It would be harder to make the delicate wraps and bends with 24 gauge. It would be too flimsy to use 28 gauge wire.
Finishing: The stem changes in color from the top to the bottom so I do use light green floral tape on the top and dark floral tape on the bottom. Another alternative is to floss the stem using embroidery floss in those colors. I do recommend flossing your stems. It gives it an expensive look instantly. I’m lacking time and want more instant gratification these days. There have been times when I have gone back to certain flowers and flossed the stems.
Here’s a video of my design process: